Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

    Mayo Dark Sky Park Website.

    The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is the Government Department responsible for housing and water, for physical and spatial planning, for local government, for weather forecasting and for built and natural heritage.

    The Department is committed to ensuring access for all. This accessibility statement explains how the Department, as the Service Provider, will endeavour to meet the requirements as set out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 at AA Level as defined by the Web Accessibility Initiative.

    Our commitment and approach to maintaining an accessible website

    The Department is committed to:
    • maintaining an accessible website in accordance with the European Union (Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies) Regulations.
    • ensuring that this website achieves "Level AA" conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, to comply with the National Disability Authority’s Code of Practice on Accessibility of Public Services and Information Provided by Public Bodies. (The National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design has an introduction to policy and legislation relevant to Universal Design in Ireland.)
    • ensuring that all new information on the website will achieve "Level AA" conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
    • including accessibility when we procure 3rd-party systems or upgrades to existing systems.

    How we test for conformance with official accessibility guidelines

    The Department uses a range of techniques to help providing access for all. They include:
    Accessibility Testing Methods
    Approach Reasoning
    Automated Scanning Automated scanning provides a quick (but not complete) overview of issues that persons may encounter
    Guidance Provision of guidance to content editors such as using Alternate Text
    Manual Review Regularly performing manual review of each site and adjusting the site to help improve accessibility

    This website’s conformance with official accessibility guidelines

    The website currently has a partial conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. Our most recent web accessibility audit for this website was on 11/06/2021.

    Areas for improvement and time-lines

    We are aware of some areas on the website where we could improve accessibility. We are currently working to achieve this.
    Areas for improvement, time-lines for improvement, and alternatives
    Section of website Need for improvement Time-line for improvement Alternative access
    Cookie Floating Buttons Missing alt text This issue has been reported to our contractor for rectification in the next release If you have problems using certain sections of this site, call us on +353-98-49888
    Contrast Contrast between background and foreground colours (such as on a link) This will be rectified on a site redesign due before the end of the year whereby colours will be adjusted to meet these guidelines If you have problems using certain sections of this site, call us on +353-98-49888
    All PDFs Some documents may be less accessible than HTML pages We hope to have improved the accessibility of the site by either fixing existing PDF documents or by transferring them into HTML If you have problems using certain sections of this site, call us on +353-98-49888

    How to send feedback on this website’s accessibility

    We welcome feedback on the accessibility of this website.
    Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Custom House,
    Dublin 1,
    D01 W6X0

    Accessibility features of this website

    A large number of techniques are used to enable the site become accessible for all. The process is ongoing as content changes and the structure of the site changes. Some of the accessible features on this site include (but not limited to) the following:
    Accessibility Features
    Feature Purpose
    Alt Text All Images where appropriate have suitable Alt text to provide a descriptive element to the image portrayed
    Heading Outline Hierarchy Logical sense applied to headings where possible H1, H2, H3 
    Descriptive Links Links and Buttons have descriptive elements or Aria labels where those elements are cannot be provided
    Contrast Reasonable minimums in difference with relation to contrast between foreground elements and background elements
    Navigability Logical structure applied to the website to ensure the site can be used without a mouse
    ARIA Landmarks A large variety of aria- landmarks applied to aid in accessibility

    This list is not exhaustive.

    Welcome to Mayo Dark Sky Park. Mayo is now home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park, showcasing some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world.

    Where the darkest skies reveal the brightest stars.


    Wild Nephin National Park,
    Ballycroy Visitor Centre,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Ballycroy Village,
    Co. Mayo
    +353 (0)98 49 888